The Jews come here regularly to pray. It is part of the original wall from Herod’s temple complex when Jesus was on earth. This wall is extra special to the Jews because it was the wall that the Holiest of Holies was nearest when the temple rested atop this structure.
But, the fact that this wall exists calls into question some words that Jesus told His disciples:
Matthew 24:1–2 “Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, ‘You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.'”
In saying this, Jesus was foretelling what would happen in 70 AD. The Roman Emperor, Vespasian, sent his son, Titus, to conquer Jerusalem. They breached the walls and destroyed the temple – demoralizing the Jews who so revered that structure.
But, the western wall still exists. Did Jesus’ words not come true?
Of course His words came true.
So, what do we make of this wall?
It was not part of the temple. It was simply the retention wall that King Herod constructed to increase the size of Zerubbabel’s Temple (read the Old Testament book of Haggai).
We were able to go inside a section of the wall, something I had never heard of others doing. So, this was a real treat! It got a little claustrophobic at times but I took some pictures and videos.